We have been here before, legalize the death guards already on the road and fool the public into thinking they are safe. Our activists even got medals when they sold us out on reflective tape years ago!
During the previous underride guard effort in 1992 we had no real guard regulation for 40 years and 85% plus public support for stronger guards. The Clinton administration pulled a fast one and just legalized rear guards that were already on most trucks on the road as they were designed to the weak TTMA recommendations. They performed very slow crash tests so as not to have too many guards fail. Victims have had over twenty years of disappointment over this phony guard standard that was never meant to save any lives, just fool the public that the politicians had fixed things. Louis Otto from Brazil called this phony safety. You could not argue for a 40 year new guard standard as now we had a brand new standard, it was phony but you cannot argue for a new standard every couple of years.
The Clinton thinking still rules at NHTSA. It is not about victims or safety, just fool the voting and traveling public! We have 40 mph crash compatible cars that are soon to be 50 mph crash compatible and now NHTSA wants a 30 mph standard. Canadian standard does not deal with severe offset crashes and Canadian researchers wanted a stronger standard when the Canadian Standard was passed but politicians made a deal with the CTTMA. This will equal more deaths in Canada, not just here. This will end already stalled efforts in Europe. This will kill and maim thousands world-wide. We argued for more in 1992! We do not want this on victims good names again!
This is what we get for over 20 years of victim effort and over twenty years of extra deaths! We are just the political lackeys to get high fives for legalizing roving guillotines already on the roads!
About 93 percent of the truck trailers currently sold in the U.S. will meet the new requirements, NHTSA said.
The stronger guards will prevent between one and three serious injuries and one fatality a year, NHTSA said.
NHTSA claims up to 35 mph, which means 30 mph, there is no up to standard.